“As a society, we are faced with a rangeof daunting global challenges. At Mars we want to drive positive change and meaningful difference by investing in sustainable choices that will create benefits for the long-term, and collaborate on challenges we share with the wider community,” comments Paul S. Michaels, Co-President, Mars, Incorporated. “We know that people want to hear more about what we are doing to make a difference. This includes being transparent about areas where we need to work harder or take a different approach. This summary is intended to be a clear-eyed view of both successes and gaps yet to be filled. For example, the building of Mesquite Creek wind farm in Texas will generate energy from renewable sources equivalent to the electricity requirements of our entire U.S. operations,” said Michaels. “But, we will have to look at significant additional interventions to achieve our 2040 goal of eliminating greenhouse gases from our operations.”
Co-President Grant F. Reid, comments; “At Mars, we have made ambitious commitments that require us to think and act differently and, we hope, encourage industry to do the same. That model has worked successfully for us over the years in cocoa sustainability, and I am proud of the impact we’ve made there. Our new policy on deforestation is another example of setting a bold tone for how we will approach our supply chain. I am committed to ensuring that the Mars Leadership Team continues to prioritize finding innovative ways to ensure a profitable and sustainable future for Mars while making a difference for people and the planet.”
Mars believes that the heart and soul of the business is its 75,000 Associates who put its Five Principles into action every day.
The company continues to face significant challenges, which in some cases has impacted on its reported progress towards its sustainable operations, sourcing and health & wellness goals and commitments in 2013. To address these challenges, Mars took the following steps in 2014:
In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars’ first roots as a confectionery company. In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY(R) bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of building a business based on the objective of creating a “mutuality of benefits for all stakeholders” – this objective serves as the foundation of Mars, Incorporated today. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 75,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.
Mars brands include: Petcare – PEDIGREE(R), ROYAL CANIN(R), WHISKAS(R), BANFIELD(R) Pet Hospital, CESAR(R), SHEBA(R), DREAMIES(R) and NUTRO(R); Chocolate – M&M’S(R), SNICKERS(R), DOVE(R), GALAXY(R), MARS(R), MILKY WAY(R) and TWIX(R); Wrigley – DOUBLEMINT(R), EXTRA(R), ORBIT(R) and 5(TM) chewing gums, SKITTLES(R) and STARBURST(R) candies, and ALTOIDS(R) AND LIFESAVERS(R) mints. Food – UNCLE BEN’S(R), DOLMIO(R), EBLY(R), MASTERFOODS(R), SEEDS OF CHANGE(R) and ROYCO(R); Drinks – ALTERRA COFFEE ROASTERS(TM), THE BRIGHT TEA COMPANY(TM), KLIX(R) and FLAVIA(R); Symbioscience – COCOAVIA(R) and WISDOM PANEL(R).